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15:50 Oct 25, 2006
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German to English translations [PRO]
Social Sciences - Media / Multimedia / Kulturwissenschaften
German term or phrase: medial
I'm translating a book of cultural theory on the implications of gender in media--media in the broadest sense, from the alphabet to the internet, etc. The adjective medial comes up constantly and I'm struggling to find an elegant translation. For instance there is a chapter titled "Das mediale Unbewusste", or a sentence such as this one: "Man kann sagen, dass die Medien ein kulturell gewordenes und historisch veränderliches mediales Unbewusstes zugleich erzeugen und bewahren."

To translate this with The Media Unconscious or "...historically variable media unconscious" seems clunky to me, but "mediated" does not seem correct in the context and that is the only adjective English has for media, as far as I can tell. Can anyone help?
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Darin Fitzpatrick

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1 hr   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5

The word "media" is often used as an adjective as well. Think of a "media mogul" as a common example.

"Media-related" or "of the media" may also work in some constructions.

"Medial" in English (and in German) means "of a median," or centerline, but this German usage is obviously different.

"Mediate" is a term of art in philosophy (meaning indirect causation or relation, e.g. mediate knowledge), which seems to match the author's usage here.

Note the confidence level (!)

Darin Fitzpatrick
United States
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agree  doctor_suz: the longer I think about alternatives, the more I like your suggestion
5 hrs
  -> Thanks!

disagree  Andrew Morgan: "medial" in this context means "of the media"
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